Sunday, June 21, 2015

3 Important Life Lessons I Learned from My Father

First off, Happy Father's Day to all dads and father figures out there! I am so lucky to have a dependable, hilarious, and very super so much hero of a father. I look up to him in every which way and he has taught me so many practical life lessons of which I want to share with you.

1. Ignore the guy behind you who honks his horn when it takes you a while to get your car moving.

I learned driving on a stick shift before I got my automatic transmission car. My father said I had to first learn how drive correctly before I learn how to drive comfortably. Anyone who drives a stick shift knows that for beginners, it may take a while to change gears, step on the gas pedal, and get the car going. And in greater Manila, there will always, always, ALWAYS be that douchebag behind you who will honk his horn like he has somewhere very important to go to. IGNORE HIM. Don't get rattled. Give him the finger. Or better yet, tell him to fly if he wants to just like my father tells them.

Remember: your and your passengers' safety are more important than an impatient prick. That's what my father told me.

2. Work hard to earn your keep and to be self-sufficient.

My father instilled in me that he and my mother will not always be around, so my brother and I have to look out for ourselves and not rely on anybody.

At the end of the day,  aside from being able to afford the bare necessities, there's nothing more satisfying than paying for your own airfare (let's admit it: even business trips are not that thrilling after a while because you know, you have to work). Nothing more rewarding than buying your own property and not just waiting for a husband to get you one. More importantly, nothing more important than having your own FU Money, or money that you have just in case you want to give a big "FU!" to life, to failed relationships, and to work situations that are not working for you.

3. Find a guy you can have endless conversations with.

Because at the end of the day, it's the conversations that will keep you together - not the grand gestures, not the physical attraction, not the money. I find this really working for him and my mother because after 30 years or so of marriage, they can still talk each other's ears out and not even notice that we are around.

So there goes 3 important life lessons I learned from my father. Care to share what you learned from your dad? 

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